We love pretzels in all forms. I have made pretzels bites many times but this time I wanted to try and see if my FunBites cutter would make them easier. This has been on my to-do list for months! But finally I got it done! My buddy Jeana over at Tiny Princess LunchBox made some recently too!! Great minds think alike!
They turned out so well! And I decided to pair them with a delicious Queso sauce! Not too spicy but full of flavor.
Soft Pretzel Bites:
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 3 ounces unsalted butter, melted
- 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 4 1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup baking soda
- 1 whole egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon cold water
- Coarse sea salt
1.) In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine water, sugar, yeast, and butter. Mix until combined and let sit for 5 minutes.
2.) Add salt and 4 1/2 cups of flour. Mix with a dough hook or paddle attachment until combined. Add more flour as necessary to achieve a dough that pulls away from the bowl. Once this happens turn the speed up and knead the dough for a few minutes.
3.) Spray your bowl with a bit of cooking spray or brush it with oil, add the dough, cover with a cloth, and let rise until it has doubled in size. This takes approximately an hour.
4.) Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees F. Put a large pot of water on the stove until boiling. Add the baking soda.
5.) While you're waiting for your water to boil, flour a cutting board and roll out the dough to 1/2 inch thickness. You can cut bites from the dough with a knife or make nice neat pieces by using your FunBites Squares cutter.
6.) Put the bites in to the boiling water about 20 at a time until they float to the top. Then place them on a greased or parchment papered baking sheet. Lightly salt the tops.
7.) Bake for 6-10 minutes until nicely browned on top.
- 1 1/4 lb block White American Cheese cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1/4 cup diced green chiles
- 2 pickled jalapenos
- 1 ounce pickled jalapeno juice
- 2/3 cup whole milk
- 1/2 cup cold water
1.) Put the cheese cubes in a microwave safe dish.
2.) Chop the green chiles, jalapenos, and jalapeno juice in a blender or food processor until they are very small pieces. This keeps you from getting a giant mouth full of heat!
3.) Add the chile and jalapeno mixture to the cheese. Pour in the water and milk.
4.) Microwave on high for 7 minutes, stirring after each minute.
5.) Enjoy the deliciousness!
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